In one week I will finally get to meet f2f some very important people who have been a big part of my PLN for over a year at NECC 2008 in San Antonio. I am so excited!
First of all there are the four members of the DEN in SL™ Leadership Council that I have never met in person that I can’t wait to meet. They are like family to me now. We have chatted, twittered, skyped, texted, Im’d, emailed, collaborated, explored, learned together, laughed, trusted, supported and respected each other for over a year now. Along with these four, are two others who I do know in person and who have been part of my PLN for many years. Together we will be presenting at NECC how to successfully create a PLN using Second Life, the DEN and other Web 2.0 tools. I am proud to be part of this group.
Over a year ago I was introduced to Second Life, a virtual online world. I took the plunge and created an avatar, stumbled around with a torch in my hand on orientation island, and was offered a TP to Eduisland II and then to the ISTE building. I was introduced to several educator avatars and within a week I volunteered to be part of the DEN in SL Leadership Council that was just starting out. As I had been a DEN member for years, I knew the adventure would be rewarding. And it has been a hundred times better than what I could have even dreamed.
There were several educators from IL already in SL who took me under their wing last year. JM took me shopping for hair and clothes and how to find freebies. Ex took me on his bubble taxi and taught me how to use the movement and camera controls. I met new friends like Macsmom who took me on tours and Kristy who taught me about scripting. There were chats at the DEN house, ISTE socials and many evenings at the Blogger’s Cafe as well as adventures with a Logo bee, hang gliding, surfing, riding a unicorn, meeting and sharing with so many wonderful educator avatars and so much more. I helped plan the Eduisland Ed fair, and almost a hundred other events for other educators at the DEN in RL and SL. I learned so much throughout this journey creating a huge PLN along the way. Then I added in twitter, blogs, ustreams, and nings. And so the PLN grows and grows. But it all started with the DEN LC; Riptide, Laelia, Beth, Celestia, JM and Geekie, along with Demb Oh and all the DEN STARS, DEN Guides and DEN members in RL and SL!
NECC 2008 begins a new journey. So many f2f meetings, so many new conversations. Besides meeting my LC family, there will be SL friends, twitter friends, and reuniting with other educators I’ve met previously at conferences over the years. I’m excited knowing that my PLN will be strengthened.
Come hear more about our PLN story on Monday, July 1 at 8:30 AM at HGCC 211.
My Avatar is ready for Texas and so am I!
I hope to meet so many others who also are a valuable part of my PLN. If not this year, maybe at the DEN Leadership Institute in July or some other day in the future.